You’re holding $100 at a betting window. The only wager you can make involves Tony Romo.
Taking the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback to win in the NFL playoffs or to win the AT&T Byron Nelson this week. Who ya got?
Some bettors, particularly in Las Vegas, might have more confidence in the former QB winning his first PGA Tour event, even if he is in the field on a sponsorship exemption for the third time. And despite holding 10,000-1 odds at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, by far the longest of the tournament.
Although, strange things happen in this world, especially in the sports betting universe. And turning a single C-note into $1 million, no matter how improbable the odds, is not a bad day at all.
The allure of those odds has resulted in an influx in Romo-related bets at Nevada sportsbooks. To the point that the CBS lead NFL analyst has become the most popular pick for this week’s tournament.
Public money backing Romo
Romo is a decent golfer. He stands as one of the select few male golfers, about 1.6% of the demographic, to own a handicap index better than zero.
He won a Wisconsin amateur tournament last year. He finished atop the standings at a celebrity-filled tournament shortly after. He’s even advanced past the First Stage of Q-School qualifying.
All those long NFL offseasons, courtesy of missed playoffs or early exits, certainly helped him hone those skills.
And long shots have definitely surprised. For example, Patrick Reed, last year’s Masters champion, entered with 40-1 odds. Jimmy Walker, the PGA Championship winner in 2016, went in with 125-1 odds. This year, 300-1 underdog Max Homa claimed the Wells Fargo Championship.
So why not take a 10,000-1 shot on Tony Romo? Many are in Vegas.
Jeff Sherman, the VP of Risk Management at the Westgate, shared how Romo has taken the top spot in betting popularity at the Nevada sportsbook.
#ATTByronNelson outrights wagering stats
1) Tony Romo (10,000/1)
2) Keith Mitchell (30/1)
3) Marc Leishman (25/1)
1) Tony Romo
2) Marc Leishman
3) Brooks Koepka (7/1)
Tony Romo accounts for 25% of tickets and 28% of money wagered @SuperBookUSA
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) May 8, 2019
Romo props abound for Byron Nelson
- Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook
- Will Tony Romo make the cut? Yes +1800, No, -6600
- How many shots will Tony Romo miss the cut by? Over/under 11.5
- What will be Tony Romo’s lowest score in any round? Over/under 75
- Will Tony Romo finish in last place? Yes -130, No +100
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- To shoot over 79.5 in the first round: -112
- To shoot under 79.5 in the first round: -112
- To make 1+ birdies/eagles in the first round: -490
- To make no birdies/eagles in the first round: +350
- To make a hole in one: +10,000
- To make an eagle in the first round: +2600
- To shoot any round under par: +1360
More sports betting action on Romo
Forget Brooks Koepka or Jordan Spieth or Marc Leishman, some of the favorites/more popular picks for bettors. Romo has become the go-to wager.
The guy who has not even made a cut in any of his three PGA Tour appearances. Whose best finish was missing the cut by 14 strokes. Who has the same chance at finishing first at the Byron Nelson as UNLV has at winning the College Football Playoff championship next year.
Although, the AT&T Byron Nelson will be played at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas — Romo’s home course. So who knows?